Dust off your skis and zoom down the snowy slopes of New York. Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York offers spectacular scenery and ski resorts perfect for your winter getaway. When you choose one of many incredible New York vacation rentals, you can stay at a convenient cottage near the slopes or one tucked away in the woods that features a relaxing hot tub and an enormous fireplace. Without further ado, check out the six best ski resorts in New York.
1. Gore Mountain
Located in the Adirondacks, Gore Mountain Ski Area offers more than 100 trails for all skill levels and 14 lifts to get guests to those trails covered in machine-groomed snow. The ski school offers lessons for all ages and levels of experience along with a group of skiers with special needs. Over certain holidays, such as Christmas, the ski area has a camp for children that includes lessons and other fun activities, making this a great choice for families. There are six options for dining on the mountain, including a food court at the base of the mountain with quick eats, such as pizza and burgers, and Saddle Lodge around the middle of the mountain with a roaring fireplace and views that you just don’t get home.
2. Holiday Valley Ski Area
Holiday Valley is the ski area for families with young children and first-time skiers. Almost 35 percent of the trails are marked for beginning skiers. Find 60 trails and 14 chairlifts at this ski area that has machine-groomed slopes. At 900-foot long, the tubing area offers 22 lanes of pure excitement for kids of all ages and the young at heart. There are backcountry areas for those who enjoy an afternoon of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The resort offers free WiFi so you can post your photos to Instagram from the slopes. The resort provides several terrain parks for skiers who want to try jumps and some tricks to make snowboarding even more exciting. Hold on tight and take in the scenery as you zip down the mountain on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
3. Peek ‘n Peak Ski Area
Enjoy a much smaller and more intimate ski area at the Hunt Hollow Ski Club. This is the ski area for groups that already have some experience and skills on skis with a little over 50 percent of the trails rated for the intermediate skier. The 10 ski lifts take guests to the starting point of the more than 25 trails that feature packed powder snow. In February, the club hosts a Saint Patrick’s Day event, the St. Peak’s Day with the Whiskey and Beer Party at Bistro 210 that includes live music and Irish dancers. A dedicated tubing area is open to those older than 3 years old and at least 32-inches tall with a Magic Carpet that moves you up the tubing hill without any climbing.
4. Windham Mountain Ski Area
Close to Albany in the Northern Catskills, Windham Mountain Ski Area is known as a family-friendly ski resort with more than 50 trails and 12 chair lifts for guests to access the machine-groomed slopes. The resort area hosts many events from live music to parties for all ages so check the calendar of events before booking dates. The Windham Mountain Resort Spa is the place to get a massage to work out any sore muscles or take a yoga class to stretch before a day of swooshing down the mountain. The resort also offers daycare services for children aged two to seven that includes a lunch with the full-day package so the adults can enjoy their day without worrying about less experienced skiers.
5. Belleayre Ski Center
With 50 trails and 8 chairlifts, Belleayre Ski Center is a popular machine-groomed ski resort near Highmount. The resort offers free WiFi so that you don’t lose touch with friends while on the slopes. This ski center offers five places on the mountain to grab a snack or enjoy a full meal. The Sunset Grill sits at the summit and offers stunning views to go with its comfort food. The Tiger Den Day Care program lets little kids play while the older children and adults glide down the mountain. The ski school offers a Kids Camp to spend the day learning new skills and playing together under close supervision.
6. Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Bristol Mountain Ski Resort is located in the Finger Lakes area of the state and offers 34 machine-groomed trails and six ski lifts for easy access. This is a great resort for people just learning to ski as more than 30 percent of marked trails are geared for beginners. For those interested in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, there is a Nordic Center to help you get out on the backcountry trails for an afternoon. Children flock to the dedicated tubing area while the brave head over to the terrain park that also accommodates beginners.
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